- Star appearances from Porsche Le Mans works drivers Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Marc Lieb over the Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend (27-29 June)
- Fresh from this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, the Porsche factory team drivers will be demonstrating symbolic icons from the Stuttgart marque’s unrivalled sports car racing record
- Porsche Museum will bring 1987 962C and 1998 GT1 ’98, plus 2008 RS Spyder LMP2 cars
- 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid super sports car will make stunning return to Goodwood – the actual car that achieved the record-breaking 6 min 57 sec Nürburgring lap will climb the hill, with works driver and record-holder Marc Lieb behind the wheel (Sunday)
- Goodwood will also witness UK dynamic debuts for new Porsche Macan, 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, 911 Targa, plus Cayman GTS
- Visit Porsche Live via porsche.co.uk/goodwood for latest news and action from Goodwood – share a photo of your favourite Porsche for a chance to win prizes each day of the Festival
The theme for this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (27-29 June) in West Sussex, Addicted to Winning – The Unbeatable Champions of Motorsport, is a perfect fit for Porsche given its unrivalled record of 16 wins at Le Mans, and reputation for race-bred engineering innovations that are then transferred to the Stuttgart marque’s road-going sports cars.
Sporting ambition has inspired Porsche engineers from the very beginnings of the company. The race circuit has been the merciless testing ground for the company’s sports car technology for seven decades, and examples of technology transfer from race track to road include turbocharging, PDK transmission, active aerodynamics and most recently hybrid drivetrains.
Underlining this ethos, Porsche will once again be demonstrating at Goodwood an exciting array of new models and icons from its renowned Museum. Furthermore, Porsche Le Mans works drivers Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Marc Lieb will be attending on selected days over the weekend, and putting the cars through their paces on the famous hill climb course.
Porsche highlights at the Festival Porsche has been a long-time supporter of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and is a firm favourite with fans. The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart is proud custodian of over 400 exhibits, and each year brings examples of its priceless treasures to Goodwood to evoke old memories and create new ones.
1998 911 GT1
In the year that Porsche returns to the top LMP1 category in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 Hours, it is fitting that the car which last won the French marathon for the company should return to Goodwood. The Porsche 911 GT1 ’98 scored an emotional triumph at Le Mans, in the company’s 50th anniversary year in 1998. The chassis travelling to Goodwood is the actual winning car, driven by Laurent Aiello, Allan McNish and Stephan Ortelli.
For the first time with this car, Porsche used a carbon fibre chassis, which provided impressive strength and lightweight advantages. However, the heart of the GT1 remained true to the 911 roots, with a 3.2-litre flat-six engine with twin turbochargers developing over 550 hp, mounted beneath the rear bodywork. Current Porsche works team driver Mark Webber will drive the GT1 ’98 on Sunday.
Between 1982 and 1994, the Porsche 956 / 962 was synonymous with Le Mans and helped underline Porsche sports car supremacy in an arguably golden era of endurance racing. The car at Goodwood won Le Mans in 1987 driven by Derek Bell, Hans Stuck and Al Holbert, a year in which the factory Porsche team overcame challenges from Jaguar as well as many private entrants driving similar 962 chassis.
To this day, Porsche is the world’s largest manufacturer of race cars and the 956 / 962 was to all intents and purposes a race car anyone could buy – should they have had the equivalent of 650,000 Euros to hand! Porsche built 148 examples and with a powerful and efficient flat-six twin-turbo engine, the cars collected ten World Championships and seven Le Mans victories in various guises.
2008 RS Spyder
In 2005, Porsche developed and built the open cockpit RS Spyder in accordance with the rules and regulations of the French Automobile Club de’l Ouest (ACO) racing organisation under the designation LMP2, or Le Mans Prototype 2. This racing car entered the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the European Le Mans Series (LMS), and the 24 Hours of Le Mans of the period.
Choosing the second-highest of four ACO racing categories, Porsche faced competition at the highest level of technology yet at the same time limited the cost of racing the car with a view to future entry of the RS Spyder by customer teams – who subsequently raced the chassis with success at Le Mans in the LMP2 category.
Developed at the Porsche R&D Centre in Weissach near Stuttgart, the Porsche RS Spyder entered by Roger Penske’s US team immediately won its first race at the end of 2005. Over the following three years, the race car won all four Championship titles in the Driver, Team, Chassis and Engine rankings for its class in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). The European equivalent had an equally successful debut in the Le Mans Series (LMS) in 2008.
The chassis at Goodwood is the 2008 ALMS-winning car driven by Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas, and current Porsche works team driver Brendon Hartley will be getting behind the wheel.
1983 Gruppe B Studie – static display
Based on the 911, this Porsche concept was originally intended as a race and rally car for the Group B category of motor sport. However, despite the regulations changing, the car was further developed and as the 959 became one of the most exciting road cars of its era.
Unveiled at the IAA Frankfurt Show in 1983, the Gruppe B Studie showcased a 2.8-litre flat-six with twin turbochargers offering two-stage boosting for the first time. The car also offered electronically-controlled four-wheel drive, which was able to direct torque to the axle with most grip, and an innovative computer-controlled ride height system. This aided the airflow at high speeds, but the aerodynamic characteristics were so advanced there is no lift at all – even at speeds above 300 km/h.
In its day, no other Porsche so perfectly blended the passions for competition and high technology as in the 959. Total production ran to 292 units, and the car also established a successful motor sport record in cross-country rally raid events such as the Paris-Dakar.
1969 917-16 cylinder – static display
In addition to developing the 12-cylinder 917 Spyder for the Can-Am Championship in the US, in 1969 Porsche also built an identical chassis featuring an innovative, larger capacity 16-cylinder engine. Virtually at the same time, the company began exploring turbocharging its 12-cylinder engine, and in 1970 drivers were able to choose between the two powertrains.
It quickly became apparent that the 16-cylinder had less of a future, since the turbo engine turned out to have the same performance even during the first test runs. In fact, ultimately the turbocharged 917/30 produced 1,200 hp from its 5.2-litre 12-cylinder versus the 880 hp from the 7.1-litre 16-cylinder. Thus it was that Porsche opened a new, turbocharged chapter in engine development and the 16-cylinder remained in Weissach for test purposes.
These iconic models will share the spotlight with some contemporary Porsche stars, as the latest sports cars take to the hill in the Supercar Run and the First Glance demonstrations.
The Porsche 918 Spyder super sports car with plug-in hybrid drive marks the beginning of a new era. Never before has a super sports car designed for everyday use offered such an impressive range of dynamic performance combined with the fuel consumption of a compact car.
With its unique spread of attributes, the super sports car – which features a 608 hp 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine with two electric motors that raise combined power to 887 hp – blends maximum driving dynamics with minimal fuel consumption.
The 918 Spyder is the fastest ever road-going Porsche. With the weight-optimised ‘Weissach’ package fitted, the 918 Spyder accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, from zero to 124 mph in 7.2 seconds, and passes the 186 mph mark after 19.9 seconds. This extreme performance is paired with impressive parsimony; in the Weissach configuration, the total NEDC fuel consumption of the 918 Spyder amounts to 94 mpg (3.0 l/100 km). That equates to CO2 emissions of 70 g/km.
Underlining the incredible breadth of ability, the two electric motors on the front and rear axle allow the 918 Spyder to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.1 seconds, without producing any emissions.
Furthermore, the 918 Spyder (complete with Weissach package) currently holds the lap record for road vehicles on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, with a time of 6:57 minutes. By taking the Nürburgring record, the 918 Spyder demonstrates the enormous potential that lies in the pioneering plug-in hybrid Porsche concept, and is underpinning the leading role the company plays in developing sporting hybrid vehicles.
The new record, which was previously held for four years, was set last autumn. All three drivers – former European Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory LMP1 race driver Marc Lieb – were quicker than the existing record with each lap, driving the two 918 Spyder models used. Each driver posted lap times of less than seven minutes on numerous occasions. Ultimately, it was Marc Lieb who posted the absolute best time of 6.57 minutes, driving at an average speed of over 111 mph (179.5 km/h) around the challenging 14 mile circuit, as measured by Wige Solutions. At Goodwood on Sunday, Marc Lieb will once again drive the same 918 Spyder he used to set the new lap record.
The 918 Spyder has been greatly influenced by its affiliations with motorsport, and the technology transfer from track to road. A number of the developments on the Porsche LMP1 race car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 were used in the 918 Spyder – and vice versa. The structural concept, based on a rolling chassis (i.e. a chassis without bodywork), is standard for Porsche race cars. The design of the V8 engine is based on that of the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) race car, the RS Spyder, and the supporting monocoque structures and unit carriers are made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).
911 Turbo S Cabriolet
In 1974, a new 911 derivative was unveiled at the Paris Auto Salon. The first Porsche production car to boost power output by using a turbocharger, the 260 hp 911 Turbo 3.0 became the flagship of the range, and widely renowned as the ultimate sports coupe. Fast-forward 40 years, and the latest 911 Turbo S remains at the pinnacle of the model line and faithful to the original concept, right down to the rear-mounted engine, wider rear wheel arches and large tail spoiler. In 1989, the first 911 Turbo Cabriolet appeared, powered by a larger 3.3-litre engine with 300 hp and a five speed manual transmission.
The latest 911 Turbo S Cabriolet in the Supercar Run at Goodwood brings the original 911 Turbo concept right up to date. Featuring four-wheel drive, rear-wheel steering, a twin-turbo 560 hp engine with Direct Fuel Injection and the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) double-clutch gearbox, the latest Turbo S can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 3.2 secs and on to a top speed of 197 mph.
In the First Glance category, the Macan Turbo, 911 Targa and Cayman GTS will make their first public appearance. These cars will be located in the Moving Motor Show area during the Festival.
The Macan is the first Porsche model to break into the compact SUV segment and is poised to set new standards in the field of driving dynamics. The Macan combines the typical handling characteristics with which Porsche is renowned: maximum acceleration and braking values, vast engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision. What’s more, all of these features are teamed with a high level of comfort and everyday suitability.
The Macan is unrivalled in its low, broad profile on the road. The wraparound bonnet and gently sloping roof line accentuate the overall impression of sporting elegance and powerful dynamics. Many of the design elements, including the 918 Spyder-inspired tail lights, have been taken from other Porsche sports cars and enhanced for the Macan.
Every Macan features Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch as standard, plus a seven-speed double-clutch transmission that transfers power as required and almost without any interruption in tractive force.
The Macan S is equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo engine delivering 340 bhp (250 kW), enabling acceleration of zero to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds (or 5.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package fitted). The vehicle reaches a top speed of 158 mph, and its NEDC fuel consumption figures are between 31.4 and 32.5 mpg, with CO2 emissions of between 212 and 204 g/km.
The Macan S Diesel is the economical long-distance runner of the three Macan models. Its turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine achieves NEDC fuel consumption figures of between 44.8 and 46.3 mpg, which correspond to CO2 emissions of between 164 and 159 g/km. Nevertheless, the Macan S Diesel accelerates from zero to 62 mph in just 6.3 seconds (or 6.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono package fitted) thanks to its 258 hp (190 kW) engine, and achieves a top speed of 143 mph.
As the top model in the Macan range, the Macan Turbo is set to be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV segment. The 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine, which is being used in a Porsche model for the first time, achieves an unrivalled 400 hp (294 kW) and catapults the car from zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. With the Sport Chrono package fitted, this falls to 4.6 seconds. Although the top speed is 165 mph, the Macan Turbo delivers NEDC fuel consumption figures of between 30.7 and 31.7 mpg, which equates to a CO2 value of between 216 and 208 g/km.
The new Cayman GTS is the most powerful and fastest edition of the mid-engined coupe to date. With an uprated engine and sharpened chassis responses, the Cayman GTS sets a new benchmark for sporting performance in its market.
Since its debut in 2005, the Cayman has earned a particular reputation as a driver’s car. At the heart of the two-seater beats a charismatic flat-six engine, positioned deep in the middle of the chassis to offer a low centre of gravity for a balanced and precise driving experience. Furthermore, the distinctive coupé styling confers a high level of torsional rigidity which further enhances the dynamic virtuosity.
The six-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine in the Cayman GTS is based on the 3.4-litre engine of the Cayman S. Specific fine tuning has delivered an additional 15 hp (11 kW), with the result that the Cayman GTS offers 340 hp (250 kW). The torque has also increased by 10 Newton metres to 380 Nm.
Further emphasising the distinctive character of the GTS is the Sport Chrono package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), fitted as standard. These offer the driver the opportunity to not only modify the damper stiffness, but also subtly change the throttle characteristics of the engine. In conjunction with the optional Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) seven-speed double-clutch transmission, the Launch Control function accessed via the Sport Plus button enables the Cayman GTS to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds, 0.3 secs quicker than a standard Cayman S with PDK.
While enthusiasts will recognise cues from the classic Targa concept, pioneered by Porsche in the late 1960s, this latest 911 Targa model is the first to combine state-of-the-art open roof technology with the distinctive coupéappearance.
Just like the legendary original 911 Targa model, the new model features a characteristic wide bar in place of the B-pillars aft of the doors, an automated roof section above the driver and passenger, and a wrap-around rear window — with no C-pillar. But, unlike the classic models, the roof segment of the new Targa can be opened and closed at the push of a button. When the button is pressed, the fully automatic system stows the roof top behind the rear seats, providing a real spectacle.
The new 911 Targa features Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive and thus presents itself as a high performance, innovative reinterpretation of the classic first edition from 1965. The combination of the wide rear body that is typical of all-wheel drive 911 models, the Targa roof bar and the dome-shaped rear window create a low-slung profile that gives the latest 911 a distinctive and sporting appearance.
Dynamic Cayenne demonstrations at the Porsche Experience Centre Goodwood
The driver-oriented chassis of the Porsche Cayenne has been designed to combine sports car handling on the road with the added versatility of being able to cover ground quickly, regardless of the terrain.
Visitors to the Festival of Speed will be able to experience Porsche power personally courtesy of Driving Consultants from the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone, who will be demonstrating the performance and handling of the Cayenne on a specially designed dynamics course laid out in the Porsche Experience area at Goodwood. The grass-surfaced course around which the 400 hp V8-engined Cayenne S models will power is intended to demonstrate perfectly the outstanding dynamic ability of this immensely versatile Porsche.
The Porsche Experience Centre Goodwood also presents the current model range, with examples of the Boxster GTS, Macan S Diesel, 911 Targa 4S, Panamera S E-Hybrid, 911 Turbo S Coupé, the Exclusive 911 Carrera Martini Racing Edition – plus a stunning line-up of Cayman GTS, Cayenne GTS and Panamera GTS each in distinctive Carmine Red.
Look out for Porsche personalities and relax at the Café Le Mans
Porsche enthusiasts visiting Goodwood will be pleased to learn that there are many more examples of the marque, and former factory race drivers, participating in the Festival of Speed. Not least amongst these will be Richard Attwood, former F1 driver and 1970 Le Mans winner, who will be taking time out of his daily schedule as a Porsche Driving Consultant, at the Porsche Experience Centre Silverstone, to soak up the atmosphere and chat with fans.
For visitors wishing to refuel themselves, the Porsche Café Le Mans will be once more situated on the outside of the track near the footbridge, offering meals and refreshments throughout the weekend.
Follow all the Goodwood action on-line
Throughout the Festival of Speed weekend, an interactive content stream combining both Porsche content and social postings from fans will be presented via Porsche Live. Accessed via porsche.co.uk/goodwood, in addition to a stream of photos, videos and articles about the Porsche involvement in Goodwood, visitors to the Festival can share their own ‘Porsche moments’ by posting photos and videos on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube using the hashtag #porschegoodwood plus the model they are posting, ie #918Spyder. A mix of the social stream and Porsche film content will also be shared exclusively on the large live screen on the Porsche Experience Centre stand.
This initiative is a global first for Porsche Cars GB, which has been at the forefront of enthusiast-based digital communications for a number of years, and represents a pioneering next step by the company in this field.